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Child Exploitation

Former day care owner sentenced to more than 40 years on child exploitation charges

Will be deported after prison time

CINCINNATI — A former day care owner, currently serving a 30-year state sentence, was sentenced to an additional 17 years federally following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

John Foster, 36, formerly of Maineville, Ohio, was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 210 months for charges related to the possession of child pornography. Sixty months will be served concurrent with his state sentence. He was the co-owner of the Primrose School at River's Bend in Maineville, a suburban Cincinnati child day care facility.

The sentence was announced by Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Warren Co. Sheriff Larry L. Sims, Warren Co. Prosecutor David Fornshell, and Brian M. Moskowitz, HSI special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio.

"This case is particularly disturbing because the suspect had ready access to children," said Moskowitz. "But it also illustrates the severe penalties that await those who engage in this type of depraved activity."

According to court documents, between 2004 and 2007, Foster received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The investigation revealed Foster had in his possession a computer and approximately 25 compact discs that contained approximately 6,787 images and 367 videos of child pornography.

Foster, a national of the United Kingdom, will be deported at the conclusion of his prison time.

Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by HSI special agents and sheriff's deputies, and the cooperation of Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Travis Vieux. He also thanked computer forensic analysts with the U.S. Secret Service who conducted forensic examinations of computer equipment found in Foster's home.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.